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Assembly-Line Architecture: Albert Kahn and the Evolution of the U.S. Auto Factory, 1905-1940 (1996)


Albert Kahn (1869-1942) made major contributions to the design of factories in the U. S. in the 20th century. He refined and popularized the reinforced-concrete factory between 1905 and the late 1910s and then developed innovative steel-framed factory designs in the 1920s and 1930s. Kahn achieved most of his design breakthroughs while working for Henry Ford and other automobile manufacturers. While taking on a large volume of factory commissions, Kahn revolutionized the operation of his architectural office. He fully integrated the work of specialists in architecture and engineering, utilized a team approach to design, and rationalized office operations. Kahn's office became an architectural assembly line, a "plan factory" to mass-produce factory buildings.

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Authors & Contributors
Sonia Melnikova-Raich
Greenwood, Richard E.
Bloomfield, Gerald T.
Jackson, Donald C.
Wright, Helena
Richard M. Candee
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
The Crowood Press
University of Minnesota Press
Industrial archaeology
Buildings, Industrial
Saul G. Bron
Albert Kahn
Eastwood, John S.
Allen, Zachariah
Alexander Parris
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
United States
Soviet Union
Rhode Island (U.S.)
Caribbean Sea
Great Britain
Delaware and Hudson Railroad Corporation

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